There are big gains to be made with an increase in bed tax

There are big gains to be made with an increase in bed tax

As a follow up to the April 2 story by Ed Runyan, with regard to the passage about the bed tax in Mahoning County, I wish to be on record as supporting the increase.

When I first read the story I had to check the date again as I thought it might be an April Fools joke. Mr. Visnapuu, as a taxpayer of Mahoning County has every right to question the increase of any local tax, however, as a member of the Western Reserve Port Authority Board he should know better.

The amount of good that can come from this new revenue stream for both Mahoning and Trumbull counties for not only the airport and the air base but the economic development projects that are being considered far out weighs any concerns he might have on the subject.

In the past, I have been critical of Ms. DeLeone — the way she was hired and the salary she has been paid — and was the only board member to vote against these things. However, I will support the need to continue the economic development and the role that the port authority can play in making these things happen.

A railroad spur at the airport which will bring us closer to a multi-modal center for freight shipping and the cleaning of the Mahoning River, especially in the downtown Youngstown area, are two of the projects that can move forward with the increase in the bed tax.

There are no politics involved, just a need to make these things happen for the continued progress of our Valley.

DON HANNI III, Youngstown

The writer is a member of the board of the Western Reserve Port Authority.